Each summer, Baylor School of Education hosts the three-day Summer Literacy Institute, featuring nationally known literacy experts as speakers.
For the inaugural conference in 2016, more than 200 teachers attended from across Texas, the region, and as far away as New York and Pennsylvania. Held in late July, the conference was sold out by early summer.
Co-directors Dr. Barbara Purdum-Cassidy and Margaret Thomson said the conference grew out of a desire to reach more teachers with meaningful support. Purdum-Cassidy is clinical assistant professor of elementary education, and Thomson is senior lecturer in the School of Education.
The 2016 professional development conference featured internationally known literacy experts Kylene Beers, an advisor at Columbia University and previously senior reading researcher at the Comer School Development Program at Yale University, along with Penny Kittle and Linda Rief — both teachers, authors and instructors at the University of New Hampshire Summer Literacy Institute.
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